14 February, 2012

Personnel Files – KAT 15763

Kataishi, Edward     OF-151-096
Captain / Date of Rank: 82707.3
Commanding Officer
Assigned U.S.S. Singularity 60152.8
Starfleet Academy, San Francisco Earth 42692.9
Born 18059.9 Sol IIIa (Med File – CA-657-7)
Parents Hideki Kataishi and Alexandra Federova
Valedictorian, Starfleet Academy 40692.9
Federation Citation of Honor 46993.7*
Starfleet Citation for Conspicuous Gallantry 51792.4
Grankite Order of Tactics 51914.5
Starfleet Decoration for Gallantry 52610.0
Starfleet Medal of Commendation 78731.2
Star Cross 83707.3
Average Efficiency/Coind Rating 9.3

On 47163.8 Lt. Commander Kataishi was in command of the runabout Hudson, pursuing suspected Cardassian spies in the Almatha Sector.  Refusing a direct order from Admiral Derek Haydn, Kataishi broke off pursuit when the suspect vessel crossed into the de-militarized zone.  A General Courts-Martial was convened finding Kataishi guilty of insubordination, dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming an officer and 5 other charges.  He was sentenced to New Zealand Penal Settlement.
Due in part to a petition by his former commanding officer, Captain Odane Thomas, and a dire need of trained tactical officers in light of hostilities with the Dominion, Kataishi was pardoned and recomissioned as ensign on 48762.9.  His service during the conflict was exemplary, but promotion followed slowly due to his reputation and status a a former convict.
Lt. Commander Kataishi was selected to serve as Executive Officer of U.S.S. Singularity by Commander Mara Sehteez on 61152.8 – a position he held until taking over command on 71790.4

Dates of Rank:
Lieutenant (JG) 40692.9*
Lieutenant 42897.0*
Lieutenant Commander 46993.7*
Ensign 48762.9
Lieutenant (JG) 52072.5
Lieutenant 55073.7
Lieutenant Commander 60181.9
Commander 71786.1
Captain 83079.4

*Redacted per Courts-Martial ruling 47337.5

Victory Force Miniatures: Spacefarers

Inspired by the lack of player interest in my Cthulhu and Wierd West games, finding Where No Man Has Gone Before, the release of Trek ships from Heroclix, and more than a bit of playing Star Trek Online, I converted half of my Victory Force Miniatures to look more Star Trek-ish.
The Victory Force Miniatures were always on my list for Star Trek proxies, but recent events lead me to order two packs to try them out.  Only a couple days after placing the order they arrived from the midwest.
As is the minis make decent proxies – just paint and play.  There are differences, the yoke doesn’t extend over the deltoids on the sleeves, and there isn’t a communicator.  When I ordered I planned to convert them with ProCreate to extend the yoke onto the sleeves, at a combadge and convert the pants to cover the boot tops.  But that’s a lot of work – maybe I’d just paint them up as is afterall…
Enter Star Trek Online.  The wife got a new laptop last week – which is Windows (I run Ubuntu)… which means it can run DC Universe and Star Trek Online.  Suffice it so say It has run quite a bit of both… a scant couple days later Eddie Kataishi is a lieutenant commander (level 16).  He’s based on an old pen and paper character made a decade and a half ago when we played the then new Last Unicorn Star Trek: Next Generation RPG.  The nice thing about all of the aborted Star Trek campaigns I’ve run is a plethora of character and ship names to use on STO. My first ship was Oberon, and my current is Singularity.  Mirsh Aldin is the name of my Andorian Engineer… its like a reunion.
DCU gets played too – but not as much… Foxy Vengeance and The Green Lantern Corpse probably feel a little neglected.
Anyway… I’ve long liked the look of the Sierra 1 Starfleet uniforms from STO.  It’s the one that you see in all the promo art and a version was worn by Captain Data in the Abrams’ “Star Trek” (don’t get me started on that crap) comic prelude.  I use the Sierra 1 as my crew uniform.  My tunic scheme is a black lower, charcoal under-yoke/collar whith the yoke padding done in department color (TNG/VOY/DS9 system not TOS).   Lowers are a pair of black trousers or an optional skirt of black with a department color panel down the left thigh.  This is the scheme I plan on using for my VMF Spacefarers.
Yesterday I sat down with some ProCreate and set to converting the VMF minis.  I added deltoid caps to the yokes, a plain arrowhead combadge, and a rank panel under the yoke on the mini’s right chest.  The underyoke (if done) will be represented by paint rather than modeling.  Overall they came out really well… I knocked one deltoid cap cleaning up the dried ProCreate but it will superglue back on well.
I finished 5 of the 10 last night, will try to do the other half tonight. Wednesday is painting night so I have my project planned.
After that I have some not-Gorn, not-Klingon, not-Romulan, and not-Jem Hadar minis to order. I’ve also dug out my old DS9 Runabout by Playmates, it is remarkably close to 28mm…

11 February, 2012

Star Trek Online

Been playing a lot of Star Trek Online the last few days.  Here’s the crew of my ship, the Nova-class U.S.S. Singularity, NCC-93516.

Captain Edward “Eddie” Kataishi
Commanding Officer

Human male
Height: 186cm     Weight: 79kg
Hair: Black     Eyes: Brown
Born: Kelly City, Mars – SD 20059.9
Valedictorian, Starfleet Academy class of 2365

As a lieutenant commander in 2370, he refused to follow a direct order to pursue a Cardassian vessel into the Demilitarized Zone resulting in his conviction of insubordination by General Courts Martial.  Released from New Zealand Penal Settlement and reinstated as ensign during the Dominion War (2373-2375).

Commander Nylla Ensereph
Executive Officer

Andorian female
Height: 180cm     Weight: 69kg
Hair: White     Eyes: Medium blue
Born: Lor’Tan, Andoria – SD 56181.5
Starfleet Academy class of 2401, graduated with distinction.

Nylla served as a combat team leader before attending Advanced Tactical Training and joining the crew of Singularity.  She advanced to the position of XO following the demise of the previous XO during an away team mission.

Commander Mirsh Aldin Vyhr
Chief Engineering Officer

Andorian male
Height: 194cm     Weight: 92kg
Hair: Off-white     Eyes: Light blue
Born: Lok’nar, Andoria – 54074.4
Starfleet Academy Class of 2399

Mirsh is named for his grandfather, famed starship captain M’rsh Aldin commanding officer of the ill-fated USS KaohsiungSingularity is Mirsh’s first posting as Chief Engineer.

Lieutenant Commander Jolid Rhee
Chief Science Officer

Trill female
Height: 183cm     Weight: 72kg
Hair: Dark brown     Eyes: Green
Born: Starbase 39-Sierra – SD 62074.1
Starfleet Academy class of 2407.

A joined Trill, Jolid is notable for being the first host for the Rhee symbiont.  As such, she does not benefit from the wealth of life-experience typical of other joined Trill, but in exchange her strong personality is not muted by the memories of past hosts.

Lieutenant Commander Mara Qu’vaj
Chief Medical Officer

Klingon female
Height: 197cm     Weight: 90kg
Hair: Brown     Eyes: Grey
Born: Port Emily, Sherman’s Planet – SD 57089.5
Starfleet Academy class of 2405, with honors
Salutatorian, Starfleet Medical Academy class of 2409

Mara’s family was killed during the Borg Invasion of 2381.  She and her older brother Tu’Mach were evacuated to Nimbus III, where they were raised by human friends of the family.  In 2399, when relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire soured, Tu’Mach sided with his Klingon heritage, Mara maintained loyalty to her foster parents’ culture.

Additional crew compliment:

5 ensigns
4 NCOs
29 crewmen
2 civilians
44 total
56.8% male (25)
43.2% female (19)
54.5% Human (24)
13.6% Andorian (6)
11.4% Tellarite (5)
6.8% Vulcan (3)
4.5% Betazoid (2)
2.3% Deltan (1)
2.3% Klingon (1)
2.3% Rigelian (1)
2.3% Trill (1)

02 February, 2012

Star Trek Tactics

Tonight was painting night down at the shop.  I painted up a bunch of western figures for my Wierd West game (we’ve run one adventure so far).  Of course, there is something to distract me from my wierd west plans… Star Trek prepainted minis!
Yes Star Trek Tactics Heroclix are out… of course Wiz Kids has had their unpainted starship game out for a few months now – but I can’t afford to drop the cash on that set just for the minis.  Heroclix are another matter entirely.
Cash is tight but after accounting for gas money I ended up with:

2x Nebula-class
1x Nova-class
1x Intrepid-class
1x Prometheus-class
1x Sabre-class
1x Defiant-class
2x D7 K’t'inga
1x Bird-of-Prey
1x Vor-cha

All 11 soon to be yanked off the Clix bases and drilled for Litko flying bases.  the best part is that I can sell back the bases and cards to be used for Clix conversions! Yay!